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The Science Fiction Encyclopedia (1993)

by John Clute (Editor), Peter Nicholls (Editor)

Other authors: Mark Adlard (Contributor), Brian W. Aldis (Contributor), John Brosnan (Contributor), John Clute (Associate Editor, Contributor), Luk de Vos (Contributor)32 more, Thomas M. Disch (Contributor), Carolyn Eardley (Technical Editor), Malcolm J. Edwards (Contributing Editor, Contributor), John Eggeling (Contributor), John Foyster (Contributor), Herbert W. Franke (Contributor), H. Bruce Franklin (Contributor), Jon Gustafson (Contributor), Rob Hansen (Contributor), Jim Harmon (Contributor), John-Henri Holmberg (Contributor), Maxim Jakubowski (Contributor), David Ketterer (Contributor), David Langford (Contributor), Colin Lester (Contributor), Robert Louit (Contributor), David I. Masson (Contributor), Alan Myers (Contributor), Peter Nicholls (Contributor), Frank H. Parnell (Contributor), A. B. Perkins (Contributor), David Pringle (Contributor), Peter Roberts (Contributor), Franz Rottensteiner (Contributor), John Scarborough (Contributor), Takumi Shibano (Contributor), Tom Shippey (Contributor), John Sladek (Contributor), Brian Stableford (Contributing Editor, Contributor), Tony Sudbery (Contributor), Darko Suvin (Contributor), Susan Wood (Contributor)

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When the first edition of THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF SCIENCE FICTION was published in 1979, it was immediately hailed as a classic work of reference. Frank Herbert described it as 'The most valuable science fiction source book ever written.' This new edition has taken years to prepare and is much more than a simple updating. The world of science fiction in the 1990s is much more complex than it was back in the later 1970s. The advent of game worlds, shared worlds, graphic novels, film and tv spin-offs, technothrillers, survivalist fiction, sf horror novels and fantasy novels with sf centres has necessitated a radical revision. Accordingly, the book has expanded dramatically in order to cope with the complexities and changes. It now contains well over 4,300 entries - a staggering 1,500 more than the original - and at 1.2 million words, it is nearly half a million words longer than the first edition. This is the indispensable reference work not only for every reader who loves, uses and wishes to know more about science ficiton, but for every reader of imaginative fiction at the end of this century.… (more)



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The hardback second edition dates from 1993; the third edition is only available online, (http://www.sf-encyclopedia.com/). The second edition had over 6,500 entries and 1.3 million words; the third edition has just passed 18,000 entries and 5.9 million words. So you will understand which is the more comprehensive version.

Yet if I want to quickly look up some writer, or obscure old film, and I've shut my devices down for the night, I'll still reach for the second edition. The extent to which the gilt printing on the dust jacket of my copy has worn shows how often it has been on and off the shelf! And for idle browsing, it's still invaluable. If you see one second-hand and the asking price is within your pocket, go for it. ( )
3 vote RobertDay | Mar 8, 2020 |
There is a difference between the hardback and paperback editions. The paperbacks have the update with new data, typographical errors, factual corrections, and miscellanea. That update actually makes the paperback the better and more useful reference. ( )
  rickklaw | Oct 13, 2017 |
There is a difference between the hardback and paperback editions. The paperbacks have the update with new data, typographical errors, factual corrections, and miscellanea. That update actually makes the paperback the better and more useful reference. ( )
  rickklaw | Oct 13, 2017 |
A companion volume to the Encyclopedia of Fantasy, and equally indispensable. ( )
1 vote Pezski | Jun 8, 2017 |
Have read substantial portions, if perhaps not all ( )
  Georges_T._Dodds | Mar 30, 2013 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Clute, JohnEditorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Nicholls, PeterEditormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Adlard, MarkContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Aldis, Brian W.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Brosnan, JohnContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Clute, JohnAssociate Editor, Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
de Vos, LukContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Disch, Thomas M.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Eardley, CarolynTechnical Editorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Edwards, Malcolm J.Contributing Editor, Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Eggeling, JohnContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Foyster, JohnContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Franke, Herbert W.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Franklin, H. BruceContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gustafson, JonContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hansen, RobContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Harmon, JimContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Holmberg, John-HenriContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Jakubowski, MaximContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ketterer, DavidContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Langford, DavidContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lester, ColinContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Louit, RobertContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Masson, David I.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Myers, AlanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Nicholls, PeterContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Parnell, Frank H.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Perkins, A. B.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Pringle, DavidContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Roberts, PeterContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Rottensteiner, FranzContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Scarborough, JohnContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Shibano, TakumiContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Shippey, TomContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Sladek, JohnContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Stableford, BrianContributing Editor, Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Sudbery, TonyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Suvin, DarkoContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Wood, SusanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Christensen, DaveCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pearce, DavidDesignersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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